Second Annual Community Flag Football Game A SuccessJul 3rd, 2013 | By Jacob | Category: Community News, Uncategorized
Photo submitted by Merv Mattair
The Boyz to KINGS family, along with the players and cheerleaders for “Friday Night Under the Lights” made it a fun evening for all of us. Front row, left to right: Naysha “Kid” Robinson, Denise Robinson, Tamara Johnson. Second row, left to right: Cheerleaders Tyesha Fogle, Samantha Fletcher, Barbara Huewitt, Tawanna Christian, Stacey Rivers, Jetta Roberts, Yolanda Haynes, Shaneika Pride and Megan Dickey. Men taking a knee, third row, left to right: WillyGamalero, Marcus Ghent Sr., Kevin Turner Sr., Kendrick Craddock, Coach Terry Johnson, Travis Hill and Freddie Williams. Men Standing fourth row, left to right: Morris Bell, Chris Neal, Jake Siplin, Jothi Williams, Jalon Johnson, Jabaris Thornton, Marcus Hawkins Sr., Merv Mattair Sr., Bobby Thompkins, Doug Brown, Tommy Hardee and Justin Hampton.
Submitted by Merv Mattair
For the second year in a row, “Friday Night Under the Lights,” hosted by the Boyz to KINGS Family at Boot Hill Stadium, drew community members and leaders together for the Concerned Community Men (CCM) versus the Madison County Cowboys Flag Football Game. Like last year’s event, the June 7 “Friday Night Under the Lights” was another night to remember, a time when all of us, men and women of different races and backgrounds, gathered together to have fun and demonstrate their concern for and dedication to helping our young people.
In addition to sponsoring the annual community flag football game, the Boyz to KINGS Family has also partnered with the Madison County Health Department to promote smarter, healthier lifestyle choices for our young people. On one of the stadium fences at Boot Hill, a large banner declared, “Abstinence is the New S.W.A.G. – Someone Who Achieves Goals.”
We come together to go hard for and with our children and teens, while showing them that we can and will work together for the common good. The roster of football players and cheerleaders included mothers, fathers, schoolteachers, community leaders, politicians and ministers. We all gave of our time and athletic abilities to pull this off on the field, while the Boyz to KINGS parents and youth served the fans hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes and drinks.
The Madison Boys Choir began the evening with the “Star Spangled Banner,” followed by Coach Mike Coe, the coaching staff, and the CCM team circling around the Madison County Cowboys while Minister Charles Colson delivered an earth-shaking prayer of unity and love.
The atmosphere was set for a night of fun, and yes, we had plenty of it.
Coach Jim Ertzberger of the Cowboys, Coach Terry Johnson of the CCM, and Referees A.D. Kinsey, WillyWilliams, Johnny “Bro Man” Woods and Rod Williams did a wonderful job keeping the game flowing, while Minister Colson ruled the P.A. system, blessing us with some high-energy announcing.
There were some moments when our high-energy crowd of fans went wild: when Cowboys receiver Quinton Herring cut back across the field and ran about 70 yards for a touchdown, when CCM quarterback Marcus Hawkins connected with School Superintendent Doug Brown across the middle for a crucial first down, when CCM cornerback WillyGamalero pulled a fourth down flag inches before the first down was reached, and when the quickness of CCM running back Justin Hampton helped him gain a significant first down.
CCM cheerleading captain Barbara Hewitt and her team delivered a powerful performance for our half time show, and the crowd of fans and parents rose to their feet for Denise Robinson’s speech, “Not This One.”
Halftime also included a ceremony in remembrance of Mr. Eddie “Bro Joe” Knight, who sponsored a player in our inaugural flag football game last year. Unfortunately, Mr. Knight passed away after our season. In his honor, we retired the jersey of the player he had sponsored.
We also recognized Marcus Hawkins as our 2013 Best O ffensive Player and Willy Gamalero as our 2013 Best Defensive Player.
The Boyz to KINGS Family is honored to be able to serve our community and partner with others to help them carry out their true missions. If you would like to get your youth involved in the BTK Family, we currently have four slots available for 10- to 12-year-old young men.
Thanks to all the sponsors and supporters of this event, because it truly took a community to pull this off.
Peace and Ubuntu, Merv and The Boyz to KINGS Family, (850) 673-1003.